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Yellowstone fighting online supervolcano rumors; bison not fleeing

WILDLIFE — Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video (above) are fleeing a possible explosion of the park’s supervolcano.
 
The video was posted on March 20, 10 days before a magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit, the park’s strongest quake in 30 years.  
 
Yellowstone posted a video of its own this week, noting that it’s normal for wildlife to move around to find food at lower elevations that isn’t covered by snow at this time of year. Park spokesman Al Nash says there are no signs to suggest that the volcano is about to erupt.  
 
Although the YouTube video says the animals are leaving, park spokesman Dan Hottle said  they are actually running toward the park’s interior and the volcano. 
 
Sometimes animals just take off running. That's the way it is.

Bachmann: God Sent Quake, Hurricane

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) joked in Florida this weekend that last week's earthquake and hurricane affecting the East Coast were signs from God, meant to grab lawmakers' attention. The Tea Party congresswoman, who took her campaign for president to the Sunshine State this weekend, joked about the case of those natural disasters during a stop in Sarasota. "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?'" she told the audience, per the St. Petersburg Times/Michael O'Brien, The Hill's Blog Briefing Room. More here.

Question: Does God use natural disasters to gain people's attention?

Washington Monument Damaged

After taking a closer look at the Washington monument Tuesday, National Park Service officials found some cracks at the very top of the world's tallest obelisk. Structural engineers plan to continue examining the monument Wednesday to decide how to best fix the 127-year old structure, which remains closed indefinitely after a 5.8 Earthquake struck Tuesday near Mineral, Virginia. The monument is the highest profile structure to suffer damage, perhaps because it is also the tallest: 555 feet. The landmark in downtown Washington near the White House is also the world's tallest stone structure/CBS News Political Hot Sheet. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Which monument in Washington, D.C., is your favorite?

6.3 quake shatters Christchurch, NZ

Good evening, Netizens…

Christchurch, New Zealand At least 65 people are dead, although that number may rise, and hundreds more may be trapped beneath the rubble after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand at the peak of a busy workday. Video footage Tuesday showed some multistory buildings collapsed in on themselves, and others with walls that had collapsed into the streets, strewn with bricks and shattered concrete. Sidewalks and roads were cracked and split, and thousands of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens blared. Groups of people helped victims clutching bleeding wounds, and others were carried to private vehicles in makeshift stretchers fashioned from rugs or bits of debris.

The spire of the iconic stone Christchurch Cathedral toppled into a central city square.

 

Dave

Silsby sentenced to time served, released

The Associated Press is reporting that Laura Silsby, the 40-year-old Idaho missionary who led a group of 10 Americans that was caught trying to take a busload of children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, has been sentenced to time served and released. Silsby maintained she wanted to rescue orphans after the earthquake and take them to a new orphanage she hoped to establish in the Dominican Republic; however, it turned out all the children had at least one living parent, and Silsby lacked the necessary permits to take the 33 children out of the country. She was convicted of arranging illegal travel; the AP reports that she returned briefly to her jail cell to pick up her belongings, then headed to the Port-au-Prince airport.

Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation issued this statement on Silsby’s release: “We are pleased the Haitian judicial process for Laura Silsby has concluded and that she will be returning home.  This has been a trying time for her family and friends, and they will undoubtedly be happy to have her back in Idaho.” Click below to read the full story from the AP.

NPR: In Haiti Children Long for a Home

This boy, named Joseph, is recuperating from a broken femur following the earthquake in Haiti, in which he lost both his parents.

“Haiti is a country of children. Half the population is under 18 years old. And since the earthquake, it seems kids are everywhere — carrying water buckets, pushing wheelbarrows full of rubble, flying kites and playing with toy cars amid the tents that are now homes.

There also are many children who are alone, orphaned since the Jan. 12 quake that killed more than 200,000.” Full story.

Stories like these are hard for me to read. If you could, would you open your home to one of these kids?